Thirty-seven million Americans have some college credits but no degree, reports Emily Hanford of American RadioWorks.
Marilyn Johnson Jackson could only manage the stress of night classes, two jobs and life as a single mom for so long. She gave up on the idea of ever getting her degree — and then discovered a new online program. . . .
Jackson: I can get out of the bed and walk right in here to my computer, do my homework, and I’m through for the day.
Getting students like Jackson to come back by offering flexible and convenient programs was once a market owned mostly by for-profit colleges, but traditional schools are catching on. Jackson finished her degree online through a community college.
After seven years of military service, John McGee didn’t like taking classes with 18-year-olds. An online program that gave credit for his experience enabled McGee to finish an associate’s degree in less than a year.